The US Home Fashion Products Association (HFPA) has alerted its members following the announcement on tariffs on imports from China. HFPA legal counsel Robert Leo urged member firms to file comments with the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) about the inclusion of items, which some home textiles suppliers import to fill pillows and comforters.
USTR recently released an extensive list of proposed 10 per cent tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese goods, a follow-up to two previous tariff actions.
While finished home textiles did not make the latest list, feathers and down used for stuffing did.
Although the new list included a class of terry towel materials, the subheading number is not the one assigned to terry bath towels and kitchen towels, a leading US news portal dedicated to home textile quoted Leo as saying.
In the home furnishings space, the list includes mattresses, furniture and lighting, as well as upholstery fabrics, carpets, particleboard, MDF, plywood, wood marquetry and inlaid wood used in furniture production.
Plenty of textile components on the proposed China import tariff list – cotton yarn, cotton waste, cotton woven fabrics, viscose, nylon yarn, polyester yarn, hemp, jute and vegetable fibers, among them – has worried the US apparel manufacturing community as well. (DS)
Fibre2Fashion News Desk – India